Claire is 31 years old and has Usher Syndrome type 2. She has a severe hearing loss and is registered severely sight impaired (blind) as a result.
Claire is mum to 9-year-old Lily and has for some time wanted to return to employment. Having had a break from work to have Lily it was during this time that her eyesight became progressively poor, dropping from 30 degrees of vision down to just the 5 degrees that she has today.
Claire has been able to take on some limited volunteer work but has felt self-conscious due to her difficulty hearing with the standard NHS hearing aids which she has worn since just 18 months old. She was provided with various types switching from Analogue to Digital hearing aids at the age of 15, but even though they were upgraded fairly recently to Smart hearing aids Claire still felt as though she missed out on key and important sounds.
Claire enjoys the freedom that Guide dog Minnie provides but often feels vulnerable when out and about, particularly when with Lily, the need to keep her safe around busy periods is paramount, but in difficult lighting conditions and being completely night blind and blinded by brightness and sun glare with NHS standard hearing aids it is a constant battle.
We at Molly Watt Trust are delighted that Claire has taken part in several fundraising events to help us support the various projects we have taken on to support those living with Usher Syndrome and on this occasion delighted, with the support of GN Hearing and our friends at Correct Hearing Nottingham to be in a position to assist Claire this time round.